You won’t believe what I am about to tell you.
Well maybe you will if you’ve been just like me, like: ‘who cares‘.
In my 29 years of life, I will for the first time ever, set and actively pursue goals for the New Year! That’s right, I always thought New Years resolutions were nonsense. But being a Mom, blogging for my fellow Women and growing my personality as a result, has changed me a lot, and continues to change me for the better.
There was one problem, though. These last weeks of December as I started thinking about all the things I want. I missed stopping to think about the other really important areas of my and my family’s life. I got so thrilled about what I want out of my business for 2019, the places I want to go, the things I want to do, the way I want to look, the healthier I want to be, the stuff I’ll get to do again after I have my baby, etc.
The list goes on. The last thing I thought about was: invest more quality time with the babies, be content in the moment, be less snappy, read my Bible regularly, make new friends, improve my marriage, volunteer, prioritize family time, break my worst habit, etc.
But then Christi, a Mom with grown children, happened along the way. And what she said to me totally stopped me right in my tracks and I wholeheartedly believe that it is a message all young Moms need to hear no matter what plans you have in life, especially this time of year!
“My kids are almost all grown up, but I look back and wish someone would have told me to breathe, be present and truly let myself enjoy more.
I cringe when I look back and remember how crabby I often was with my littles. Feeling so much pressure to make everything perfect and feeling like I was always falling short.
I was always so exhausted. I didn’t do the things needed to take care of myself, so I had an overflow to give from.
I look back on pictures and see that the moments were incredibly precious and I so wish I could have gotten over myself to enjoy them.
Please take moments for yourself to rest and renew.
Remember to soak in every moment!
When you put into hard numbers how many actual Christmases and New Years you get to have with your kids, it’s a wake up call!
We now share our son with his Wife’s parents and her grandparents (they celebrate with all 3), and our high school and college children will be chomping at the bit to rush off to be with their significant others.
You just don’t have that many years with your kids before they are scattering all different directions.
If you can hold on to the fact that the “the days are long, but the years are short”, and really start to live intentionally from that place, it would be amazing!
I sure wish I could have had that level of mentoring when I was in the trenches myself.
You are in a sweet season of having everyone snuggled in under all of the wonder. Remember not to squander one second of it.”
–Christi @ voicelove.co
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